Budapest Marathon is one of the top annual marathon runnings in Hungary. Budapest Marathon sports festival started in 1984, and it has been running for more than 25 years attracting more than 10,000 runners (race day), 3000 marathon distance runners from over 40 countries. Half of the Budapest marathon runners are foreigners. Budapest Marathon is great fun: running 42 km is challenging, and occasional boredom can sink in. To help runners concentrate better there will be several musicians on the running course at more than 30 music-points (over 90 buskers).
Running Distances at Budapest Marathon
There are several running distances to choose from:
- classic marathon 42 km / 42.195 kilometres
(approx. 3000 single runners), the time limit is 5 hours and 30 minutes, minimum age: 18 years of age (12 refreshment stations along the route, 10 minute free massage after the race)
- unique running 30 km
- relay running for 3 or 5 runners (approx. 1500 relay runners)
- minimarathon 7.5 km (approx. 6000 runners, including runners at the fun run)
- fun run 3,5 km
Registration at Budapest Marathon: You can register on the official Budapest Marathon website here.
Registration fees at Budapest Marathon: early registers can get a significant discount, as well as earlier participants in the marathon race.
Full fees for the marathon distance range from about 55 euros to 80 euros.
Minimarathon and fun run fees are from 3 to 6.5 euros
Pasta Party entrance fee friends and relatives 4 € / person or 800 HUF / person. Tickets can be bought at the race centre or in front of the Pasta Party tent.
Race centre at Budapest Marathon
The marathon race centre is on a square called 56-osok tere (next to Heroes’ Square).This is also the venue for the Pasta Party
You can get to the Budapest marathon race centre from Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) metro station (M1 underground, yellow metro line).
Opening hours at Budapest Marathon:
- 01 October 2011: from 12:00 pm to 17:00 pm
- 02 October 2011: from 7:00 am to 9:45 am
If you wish to train before the marathon in Budapest you can use two big parks close to the city centre:
- Margaret Island (Margitsziget) has a professional running track
- City Park (Varosliget) is by Heroes’ Square
Results will be published on the official website. You can find the Budapest Marathon 2010 Result list here. Or see the top 25 runners in the table below: